Archive for the ‘iPod’ Category

Apple iPod touch lineup gets new colours & iSight camera

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The new iPod touch lineup starts at S$278.

iPod touch 16GB is available starting in the US today and worldwide in the coming days, in red, pink, yellow, blue, silver and space grey through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com/sg) and Apple Authorised Reseller.

iPod touch 16GB is available starting in the US today and worldwide in the coming days, in red, pink, yellow, blue, silver and space grey through the Apple Online Store and Apple Authorised Reseller. Photo: Apple

Apple today announced its 16GB iPod touch is now available in vibrant colours and equipped with a 5 megapixel iSight camera.

Apple iPod touch lineup (SGD prices incl. GST)
16GB S$278
32GB S$348
64GB S$398

The entire iPod touch lineup features the 5 megapixel iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, brilliant 4-inch Retina® display, Apple’s A5 chip and FaceTime camera.

iPod touch features an ultra-thin and light anodised aluminium design and is available in pink, yellow, blue, silver, space grey and (PRODUCT) RED.

iPod touch comes with iOS 7, offering more than 200 features including Camera app filters that let you easily add real-time photo effects.

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Events: Apple WWDC 14 from 2-6 June at Moscone West in San Francisco

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Apple’s 5-day Worldwide Developers Conference Kicks Off 2 June at Moscone West in San Francisco. Developers can now apply for WWDC Tickets until Monday 7 April (10am PDT).

WWDC14 - Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, June 2-6, San Francisco.

WWDC14 – Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, June 2-6, San Francisco.

At this year’s conference, developers from around the world will learn about the future of iOS and OS X®, and the latest tools and technologies to create apps for iOS and Mac® devices.

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Plants vs. Zombies 2 Charity taco truck raises S$7,500

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

The roving charity taco truck from EA Mobile raised S$7,500 over a period of four days – to be donated to Club Rainbow Singapore.

Plants and Zombies unite for a charitable cause.

Plants and Zombies unite for a charitable cause. Photo: EA Mobile

Club Rainbow Singapore is a charity committed to providing help to children who are suffering from a range of chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

Life-sized zombie and plant mascots handed out tacos from the truck, which was parked at three locations from 5 – 8 September to the delight of both fans and on-looking visitors.

The three locations were Mapletree Business City, Cineleisure Orchard and Sentosa Beach Station.

A sunflower and a zombie was on location to pose for snapshots with fans and visitors to the Plants vs. Zombies 2 Charity taco truck.

A sunflower and a zombie was on location to pose for snapshots with fans and visitors to the Plants vs. Zombies 2 Charity taco truck. Photo: EA Mobile

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PopCap Games launches Plants vs. Zombies 2 worldwide

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

The highly anticipated sequel is now available free from the App Store on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The game will become available for other platforms later this year and beyond.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 will first debut for iOS devices and become available for other platforms later.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 will first debut for iOS devices and become available for other platforms later.

Featuring a time-travel theme that propels players through different historical eras to face off with zombies from various time periods, Plants vs. Zombies 2 is free to play and can be found on the App Store around the world, in seven different languages with additional languages supported soon.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 is designed with an ever-expanding universe that will offer regular updates including new worlds full of new plants, zombies and challenges beyond the first three from its predecessor.

Plants vs. Zombies 2 extends the classic gameplay of the original and provides players with dozens of new levels, plants and zombies.

Key features of Plants vs. Zombies 2 include:

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Event: Second Apple WWDC 2013 with Tim Cook – iOS 7 unveiled

Monday, June 10th, 2013

This is Tim Cook’s second Apple WWDC at the helm of Apple, with a slew of announcements after a dearth of new products.

Tim Cook's second WWDC at the helm of Apple.

Tim Cook’s second WWDC at the helm of Apple.

The annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) this year is being held from June 10 – 14 at San Francisco’s Moscone West.

Tickets went on sale on 26 April earlier this year – with each ticket going for US$1,599.

A compilation of the main releases from the keynote can be found at the Apple WWDC 2013 event page on the tech4tea Facebook page.

Below are the main revelations at the keynote of WWDC 2013

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COMEX 2012 (30 Aug – 2 Sep) at Suntec Singapore

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

This Thursday, the third of four large annual IT exhibitions in Singapore will kick off at Suntec Singapore. For four days from 30 August to 2 September, the COMEX will open from 12 noon to 9 pm (Admission FREE).

COMEX 2012, 30 August to 2 September, 12 noon to 9pm, Levels 3, 4 and 6. Admission FREE.

COMEX 2012, 30 August to 2 September, 12 noon to 9pm, Levels 3, 4 and 6. Admission FREE.

COMEX 2012 will be held on three Levels – 3, 4 and 6 of Suntec Singapore. With more than 830 exhibitors, COMEX claims to be Singapore’s biggest IT and consumer technology exhibition.

I will be listing some of the promotions available during the exhibition. To see a consolidated list of postings related to COMEX 2012, click here.

You can also click on the COMEX 2012 button (that looks like the logo above, on every page of tech4tea.com during COMEX 2012) near the top of the sidebar on the right and below the search box.

Here are the floor plans for the exhibitors on Levels 4 and 6.

The four major IT exhibitions in Singapore are:

Exhibition Dates Venue
IT Show 2012 8-11 Mar Suntec Singapore
PC Show 2012 7-10 Jun Suntec Singapore
COMEX 2012 30 Aug – 2 Sep Suntec Singapore
SITEX 2012 22-25 Nov Singapore Expo

Apple misses analysts’ predictions amid wait for iPhone 5

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Apple has just announced its financial results for its fiscal 2012 third quarter ended 30 June, 2012. Profits missed analysts’ predictions.

“Shares of the world's most valuable technology company shed more than 5 percent of their value after Apple - which beats Wall Street expectations with near regularity - reported its second quarterly miss on results in less than a year,” Reuters reported.

Major news agencies reacted negatively towards Apple’s quarterly results.

Compared to analysts’ predictions for a profit of $10.37 a share on revenue of $37.2 billion, net income was reported as $9.32 a share on sales of $35 billion.

“Apple’s profit and sales fell short of analysts’ projections for only the second time since 2003 as customers held off on iPhone purchases while waiting for a new model to be introduced later in the year,” reported Bloomberg today.

The major news agencies don’t seem to have taken the results in positive light.

The consensus seems to be that customers are holding off on iPhone purchases in anticipation of a new model, which is expected to be introduced later this year.

Shares fell some 6 percent in late trading.

This is the first full quarter of sales for Apple’s latest iPad, which was released in March.

Note the 84% growth in iPad sales over the same quarter last year.

Some 17 million iPads were sold in the quarter alone!

Sales growth this quarter
Device Number of units sold Compared to year-ago quarter
iPhone 26 m 28%
iPad 17 m 84%
Mac 4 m 2%
iPod 6.8 m -10%

It’s interesting to note the 10% decline in iPod sales.

It is an indication that it may be made redundant by the proliferation of smartphones which can fulfil the functions of a mobile personal music player cum entertainment device.

On the other hand, Sony is still launching new models in its rejuvenated Walkman media players cum entertainment devices.

Apple’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $2.65 per share of the Company’s common stock.

“Apple disappointed analysts despite reporting profits up 21% year-on-year to $8.8bn (£5.6bn) and revenues up 23% to $35bn, after missing targets that Wall Street had forecast,” Guardian reported.

The dividend is payable on August 16, 2012, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on August 13, 2012.

This continues Tim Cook’s announcement in March to pay dividends – something that Apple had not done in 17 years until then.

The dividends are estimated to cost Apple about $10 billion a year.

Apple has around $100 billion in cash which many investors have called over the years to be returned to investors.